Is A Tooth Extraction Right For Your Smile?

kahoka tooth extractionWithout treatment, an infection or cavity could endanger your teeth, or your jaw as a whole. As could the eruption of your wisdom teeth! Which is why in some cases, extracting a tooth is necessary to protect and preserve your smile. In today’s blog, your Kahoka, MO, dentist talks about when an extraction is right for your smile.

When We Prescribe an Extraction

When you have a severe case of tooth decay, or an infected tooth, and the issue has become too advanced to be treated with a filling or root canal, then an extraction may be necessary. Otherwise, infection could begin to spread to other parts of the teeth or into the jawbone. We could also recommend a removal for severely damaged teeth as well, or those loosened by gum disease. Teeth could be removed to make room for orthodontic treatment too. If a baby tooth hasn’t fallen out on time extraction could help prevent issues with the eruption of the permanent teeth. One of the more common reasons is to prevent wisdom tooth impaction. When the wisdom teeth erupt, this could cause misalignment, infection, discomfort, or a painful partial eruption called an impaction.

The Removal Process

The process usually takes about 30 minutes total, and to ensure your comfort we also provide dental sedation and a local anesthetic, helping you remain calm and comfortable. We then gently take the tooth out with a pair of forceps, and suture the site closed. We also place medication to help protect and preserve the site as well. For the first day, you will need to avoid activities, resting and eating only soft foods. When you return to the office for a follow-up, we will take out your sutures. We may also prescribe medications to help ensure you remain comfortable and avoid complications as the area heals.

Tooth Replacement

With issues like wisdom teeth, there is no need for prosthetic dentistry. But if you lose a tooth for other reasons, such as infection or injury, then replacing the tooth could help preserve your tooth and prevent complications.  We could discuss care with custom-made dental bridges, or possibly dental implants. We have custom made full and partial dentures as well. If you have any questions about how we address issues like tooth loss, if you would like to schedule an appointment for an extraction, then contact our team today to learn more. A visit now means a chance to use your remaining 2021 dental insurance benefits before they expire!


We would like to help you enjoy a strong, healthy, and attractive smile. To find out more about how our team prevents the loss of your tooth, then contact your Kahoka, MO, dentist, Dr. Barbour, by calling 660-727-4746.